• Approval has been given today by Cabinet for the construction of the N5 Westport to Turlough Road.
    Speaking to Midwest News this lunchtime the Minister for Community and Rural Development Michael Ring said the proposed road development, which will cost €241 million to construct, involves the construction of 20km of dual carriageway from Westport to Turlough and a 2.5 km single carriageway link to the N59 Westport to Mulranny national secondary road.
    He says it’s the single largest Government investment in the history of Mayo and it will have a transformative effect on the county. Work is due to begin later this year.
    The Minister explained that the new N5 will link up with the N59 which is currently undergoing a €55 million improvement scheme from Westport to Mulranny.

  • Approval has been granted today for the N5 road project from Ballaghadereen to Scramogue to go to construction.

    The 34 km road, costing in the region of €200 million, will run from the end of the Ballaghadereen bypass to the townland of Scramogue in Co Roscommon, bypassing Frenchpark, Ballinagare, Tulsk and Strokestown.

    Roscommon-based Independent TD Denis Naughten has welcomed confirmation that the project can now proceed to the construction stage, and says the new road will improve journey times along the N5, and will reduce the cost of travel for businesses in Mayo and Roscommon.



  • The contract has been signed this week for the construction of the new N5 dual carriageway from Westport to Turlough.

    It follows the recent decision by Cabinet to approve funding of €241 million for the road project.

    The contract has been jointly awarded to Wills Brothers Ltd from Foxford and BAM Ireland, and involves the construction of 20.3 km of dual carriageway from Deerpark East in Westport to the village of Ballyneggin, near Turlough, Castlebar - in addition to a 2.5 km single carriageway link to the N59 Westport to Mulranny road.

    Speaking at the signing of the contract, the CEO of Mayo County Council Peter Hynes said this is the biggest single infrastructural investment ever undertaken in Mayo, and will transform the landscape of the county.

    When completed, he said the road will link Castlebar and Westport into a single cluster- which will be on a par with growth centres identified in the current National Planning Framework, and this cluster will encourage investment into the county.

    Mr Hynes said the signing of the contract is a step towards the Westport-Castlebar cluster becoming a reality.

    Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Westport-based Fianna Fail Councillor Brendan Mulroy has also welcomed the signing of the contract for the new N5 road, which he says, will signficantly reduce the journey time from Dublin to Westport....

  • The N5 at Carrabawn, Swinford has re-opened to traffic in the past few minutes (1pm) following a fatal collision yesterday afternoon.

    A car and lorry collided on the N5, near the Applegreen store, just before 4pm.

    The 61-year-old man driving the car was pronounced dead at the scene.

    He has been named locally as Frank Walsh , Treeneure, Kiltimagh.

    A passenger in the car, a man in his twenties, was taken by ambulance from the scene to Mayo University Hospital. His injuries are described as not life threatening.

    Gardai are appealing for witnesses to the collision.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Claremorris Garda Station 094-9372080.

  • The 10th Mayo Pink Ribbon Charity Cycle will take place this Saturday across county Mayo.

    It takes place on open roads with about 600 cyclists participating. There will be some traffic disruption as cyclists leave Castlebar at 10am and travel down the N5 towards Swinford.

    Motorists are asked to take due caution.

     The main area of concern, where motorists are asked to take extra care, is at the junction of the N58 and the N5 in Ballyvary village. Motorists travelling from Ballina, Foxford and Straide will experience delays turning on to the N5 between 10.15 and 10.45 am. 

    Road users also need to exercise caution on the following roads at these times:

    Castlebar to Swinford (N5) from 10 -11am. 

    Bohola to Foxford  (R321) from10.30am -12noon 

    Swinford to Foxford,  (N26) from 10.50am – 12noon

    Foxford to Pontoon (R318/R310) from 11.30am - 1pm 

    Foxford to Ballina via Knockmore, (R318/R310) 11.30 -1pm

    Ballina to Crossmolina, (N59) 12.30 – 2pm

    Crossmolina to Castlebar (R315/R310) 12.45 – 3.45pm

  • The N5 road has reopened following a crash in Roscommon overnight.

    Part of the N5 had been closed after a multiple-car collision near Strokestown near Strokestown Golf Club.

    Three vehicles were involved in the crash, which happened shortly before 8pm.

    Meanwhile the N17 road reopened around 11.30pm last night following a two-car collision in the village of Ballindine.

  • The N5 Castlebar-Westport road has reopened, following a collision this morning which claimed the life of a woman in her mid-60's.

    The two-car collision occurred at about 8.30 this morning at Ballymacragh, known locally as Coyne's Corner.

    The female driver of one of the cars involved was removed to Mayo University Hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later.

    It's understood the deceased woman was from the Westport area and was travelling to work when the crash occurred.

    The second driver in his mid-30's was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

    The road reopened to traffic shortly before 4pm this evening.

    Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact Gardai in Castlebar at 094 - 90 38200 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111.


  • The N5 between Ballaghadereen and Frenchpark is closed to traffic, following a serious collision.

    It's understood the 3-vehicle collision occurred at Portahard, and emergency services are currently at the scene.

    Gardai have confirmed that the N5 is closed on the Ballaghadereen side of Frenchpark, and diversions are in place.

  • Gardai say no-one was injured in a collision on the N5 at Bohola earlier this afternoon.

    A truck and car were involved in a collision at about 1.30 near Bohola Post Office.

    Emergency services attended the scene, and Gardai say the road was cleared shortly after 3.30 with no serious injuries sustained.


  • The N5 between Ballaghaderreen and Frenchpark re-opened to traffic again last night following a three vehicle collision at about 6.15 yesterday evening, at Portaghard, Frenchpark.

    Emergency services attended the scene of the collision and a man in his sixties was removed by air ambulance to University Hospital Galway with what were described as “serious injuries”.

    No one else sustained injuries in the collision.

    The road remained closed to traffic for some hours, and re-opened again about 11pm.

  • Gardaí in Castlerea are investigating a fatal road traffic collision that occurred at approximately 5.30pm yesterday evening on the N5 between Strokestown and Scramogue Cross, Co. Roscommon.

    A woman in her fifties, a pedestrian was fatally injured when she was struck by a vehicle on the N5 on the Strokestown side of Scramogue Cross.

    Her body was removed from the scene to the mortuary in University Hospital Roscommon where a post mortem will be conducted.

    The driver (a woman, 60s) was uninjured and did not require medical attention.

    Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this collision to come forward. Gardaí are also appealing for any road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) who were travelling in the area at the time to make this footage available to Gardaí.

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact Castlerea Garda Station on 094 - 9621637, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

  • The N5 is down to one lane between Bohola and Swinford this morning after a truck overturned.

    Gardai say the traffic restriction will remain in place for some time, until the lorry can be cleared.

    Motorists are advised to take due caution in the area, the lorry overturned about halfway between Swinford and Bohola.

  • Gardai in Claremorris are appealing for public assistance after a wreath and flowers laid along the N5 outside Bohola in memory of the late Joe Deacy were vandalised and pictures of the young man were removed from a location about a mile the Swinford side of Bohola.

    Gardai believe the incident occurred sometime after 10pm on Wednesday night last and early yesterday morning (Thursday).

    The flowers and wreaths had been laid at the weekend and photos of Joe erected following a memorial service to mark the one year anniversary of the death of the 21 year old.

    Despite an intensive garda invesitigation which is ongoing, nobody has been charged in relation to Joe Deacy's death.

    The young GAA player, from St Alban’s in Hertfordshire in England had strong Mayo connections and was found unconscious in the driveway of a house at Gortnasillagh, Swinford, in the early hours of August 12th, 2017.

    He died days later in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.

    Gardai in Claremorris are asking anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity late on Wednesday night into early yesterday morning at Collagh, along the N5 close to Bohola, to contact Claremorris garda station at 094 9371222